PREPARATION FOR THE DANCERS
The attire will carry the symbols of the Moondance Atlachinolli Meztli in front the cape, (you will receive the badges with the symbols on the inscription day).
As seen on the image above the Skirt, Shirt (Kurta) and Poncho all have red and blue ribbons sown onto it. The red ribbon represents the fire and the blue ribbon represents the water.. Together they meet and raise as healing steam, like the name ´Atlachinolli Meztli´!
It does not make a difference which colour comes first, it is important though to have both colour ribbons! They can be sown on straight or in snake movement or patterns, as you like. This is important to be done to your white Ceremony Clothes before you arrive at the land!
You will receive the glyphs/patches/symbols of the Moondance Atlachinolli Meztli at Registration at the Land. These need to be sown onto your Ceremony Poncho by hand before the start of the Ceremony that Evening!
• a ribbon that will be given at the beginning of the dance
• a crown of sage and flowers
You can wear a waistband, coyoles (ankle rattles) for your feet, rattles, owl feathers or nocturnal bird feathers.
Remember it can get cold at night in the Austrian Summer. Please prepare appropriately with white scarf, beanie, jersey and long sleeves. Other gear will be mentioned in the WHAT TO BRING list.
"In the circle we are all equal. When in the circle no one is in front of you. No one is behind you. No one is above you. No one is below you. The sacred circle is designed to create unity."
Dave Chief Oglala Lakota
The dancers affirm and support themselves in their prayers, which will be small squares of cloth (opt for natural fabrics or corn leaves) that will contain your personally blessed tobacco or herbs. The prayers must be prepared by the dancer before the dance, with their personal and collective intentions. It is recommended to make a recapitulation of our stories, emotions and experiences; from here your prayer and devotion is authentic and alive.It is very important to make your prayers in a moment of introspection, a sacred space, dedicating a special moment, very quiet, with copal, or incense, and a candle or burning flame.
There will be 13 prayers for each direction, in total 52 prayers.
Optionally, you can make 13 more prayers of green color that are the prayers for our Mother Earth.
Material needed: Max 3 Metres String or Wool, Cloth in each colour, Scissors, Tobacco, Herbs, Candle
Each colour represents a different direction and thus quality.
Start with the Yellow (East), then White (North), then Red (West), then Blue (South). Optionally another 13 in Green for the Earth. You will finish one colour/direction/prayer blessing (all 13 prayers of one colour) before moving onto the next colour/direction prayer blessing. You can take a break whenever you need to.
Yellow/ the East - TLAHUIZTLAMPA: Yellowing, where dwells QUETZALCOATL, the beautiful twin symbolizing intelligence, knowledge and wisdom. It is the place of light. Brightness and confidence to emerge decisively whenever darkness falls on. Security and kindness radiate.. place of the Rising Sun, new Beginnings, new Birth, the Seed, the Dawn, the coming of Light..
White /the North - MICTLAMPA: White, where dwells TEZCATLIPOCA "the smoking mirror" Mictlancihuatl and Mictlantecuhtli, the lords of the dead, is the place of our ancestral genetic memory. Place of rest and stillness, place of ancestors, gives a sense of deep reflection and spirit of constant renewal. place of our Ancestors, prayer, the Chanupa and the white Buffalo Woman.
Red/ the West PONIENTE - CIHUATLAMPA: where dwells XIPE TOTEC, the cihuateteo (“Divine Women,” where the malevolent spirits of women who died in childbirth live) The place of women, energy that dwells at birth or in the fight. Instead of the feminine essence, it gives qualities of sensitivity, intuition and ability to command and administration.. the place of the Setting Sun, letting go, Death, the Warrior Woman.
Blue/ the South - HUITZTLAMPA: blue or black color, which is called Huitzilopochtli, the left hummingbird symbolizes the will. It is also said to be the place of thorns, place of medicines. Place of wisdom that comes with discipline and privations which grants the quality of knowing how to choose only the transcendent and valuable. The place of our Relations, Relationships, Family, Children,inner Child, Playfullness.
Green/ Pachamama: Healing, Thanks, Blessing, Prayers for this great Planet!
For to make your Prayers
As you take some tobacco or herbs you hold it to the sky/to the earth/to your heart and speak your prayer into it. Take as much space and time as is needed for each prayer/blessing.
Then put the tobacco into the square cloth and fold the cloth square to make a small package (as seen on images) and tie the string around. Make sure you fold and tie the cloth so the tobacco/herbs do not fall out. The string needs to stay one long string and should not be cut during the prayer making! If you run out of string just tie another string with a knot.
You can start wrapping your string with Prayers (rezos) around a stick to transport like that. At the ceremony itself all our prayers will be hung around the Ceremony Circle, holding, protecting and energising our Circle. Do not wrap your string with prayers too complicated around the stick because you need to be able to unravel it again.
HOW TO PREPARE YOURSELF
We suggest you prepare adequately for the ceremony to make transitions easier and smoother for body and mind. Obviously it is a smoother Transition if you adjust your eating pattern before the Ceremony starts.
We suggest you avoid refined Sugar, Caffeine, Nicotine, Gluten and Alcohol one to three days before the Ceremony starts to avoid any unnecessary waves of exhaustion. A Raw food diet on the day and a day before the Ceremony starts will support a smooth transition.
What to Bring
-Towels/sarong to clean (wipe off dirt and sweat) after Sweatlodges - no showering during the Ceremony!
- Sweatlodge clothes (shirt, dress, skirt, cloth)
- Flip flops/ crocs/ shoes for before sweatlodge if you need
There will be enough Water at the land, with taps and streams closeby. If you are coming in car and it is possible please bring a 5L Water bottle to use for cleaning hands and face at your tent. We will not shower during the Ceremony, so the Water that you bring or collect at the land (bring own 1L bottle) will be used for basic hygiene and drinking.